Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Of Dikes and Waffles

Stroopwafels are really the only significant Dutch contribution to world cuisine that I'm aware of. Pea soup, mmm. Knobby sausages mashed into potatoes with leeks, yummy. Frikandels - chopped every-part-of-animals and deep fried then shaped like what I imagine an 80-year-old man's naughty bits look like (add a couple croquettes, you get the idea), zalig!

So I am going to the US next week and I am taking a suitcase full of stroopwafels. It's a SMALL suitcase, but still, it's full of friggin' cookies (if you can call a stroopwafel a "cookie"). We have a friend who works in a waffle factory, so he totally hooked us up. It's really the only thing my family wants from Holland.

On another note, I just saw a girl get pushed off the dike by her friends. I thought what a funny expression that would make for a lesbian reverting to dating men:

"Sally is married now? I thought she was a lesbian."
"Yeah, but then she met her husband and he pushed her off the dyke."

Then there are probably men who can push a woman onto the dike too, but that's another story.

1 comment:

Will said...

We're having a huge snow/sleet/ice storm here at the moment BUT the long term forecast for next week is much better, warmer (into the 40s, and that's fahrenheit to you Europeans!, and far more pleasant.

One thing I've always loved abut Dutch food is the whiff of Indonesian spices that has made its way into some of the cooking. I bought a simple barbecued chicken in den Haag once that had dusted inside with a very good and aromatic curry.